Well, I’m blogging finally. Most of my focus lately has been on the upcoming release of my album Shine on July 26. I’m finally getting deep into the social media with Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, last.fm and on and on. It’s amazing how much the music business has changed since my last release in 1995 (my Top 10 dance hit “How Deep Is Your Love”) and how important social media is now. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me another 16 years for my next album!

Despite the challenges in the music business, I think it’s a great time to be an independent artist. I’m working with a great New York PR company – Ariel Publicity – to help market Shine in the cyber world. In just a few days since my campaign began, my songs “The Promise” and “Another Chance” have been featured on two radio podcasts (The Edge 99.3 in Australia and The Indie Music Sampler in Oregon). Quite a thrill to hear these songs on the radio! I do appreciate the new fans who are liking my new music. I want to especially thank all the great musicians who played on Shine and, of course, the “man with the golden ears” Carmen Grillo – my co-producer and engineer. If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know that my music career began writing songs and playing in bands with my brother Randy when we were kids back in the suburbs of Chicago. Well, after a more than 20 year creative separation, we’re back together working on new music here in LA! More on this later. Music I’ve been listening to this week – “Someone Like You” – Adele, “Advice For The Young At Heart” – Tears For Fears, “I Feel For You” – Prince, “Come Down In Time” – Elton John, “Inner City Blues” – Marvin Gaye and on and on. Finally, here’s a cool new photo of me taken by Amber Garvey from LA indie band The Violet Lights. That’s all for now. I will live to blog another day…

Jeff with flowers in Echo Park

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